NEVER MIND THAT the election is still a year and a half away, looks like things are beginning to move in the DFL gubernatorial contest. Much of the speculative buzz for the past six months has been about where the Wellstonians would go: The core group of activists that helped elect the state's senior senator remains, after all, the party's most effective political strike force in a decade or so. Now comes the announcement that Mark Dayton has hired Dan Cramer as his campaign manager. Cramer, a driving force in Wellstone's 1990 and 1996 campaigns, was reportedly being courted by at least one other gubernatorial campaign and could bring other key operatives to the department-store heir's bid. Dayton has also been talking to Wellstone's pollster and some of the computer whizzes who helped put together the... More >>>